Background

In the mid 1960s Metro-Cammell built an experimental 92t glw class A bogie tank for Shell Mex and BP which was destined to become the forerunner to most bogie tank construction. The strength of the tank barrel meant that continuous sole-bars were not required and as such just short sections were provided over the bogies at each end, angling down to a full length under-frame which was also used to support the braking equipment. The wagon was fitted with air brakes and had a maximum speed 60mph. Carefully designed at 54ft 10in in length, the wagon took up the same amount of space as a pair of 2-axle wagons with the fillers and discharge points lining up with existing facilities.

The prototype was a great success and both Shell Mex and BP proceeded to buy a large fleet of the production wagons, By this time the design had been uprated to 102t glw to take advantage of rising maximum axle weights. Metro-Cammell, Powell Duffryn and Pickering were all involved in construction and naturally there are some variations between lots. By 1969 there were over 1000 wagons in service with Shell and BP.

Our model is based on an example from a relatively small lot of wagons originally built to carry diesel fuel for Shell by Metro-Cammell in 1967, but it shares a common appearance with a number of lots produced for both Shell and BP.

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